Conferences

Ready for Microsoft Ignite? Event Maven Tips to Rock It!

Ready for Microsoft Ignite? Event Maven Tips to Rock It!

#MSIgnite 2018 will be the third Microsoft Ignite I’ve attended (my first TechEds were Barcelonaand Dallas, TX in 2003). Microsoft Ignite is Microsoft’s largest ITPro/Dev event of the year featuring hundreds of technical sessions and hands-on workshops, a massive expo floor, tons of parties and, something I am very proud to be a part of, a whole track devoted to learning about and fostering Diversity and Inclusion. 

As an Event Maven who used to produce these events for Microsoft, I know a few ins and outs to get the most knowledge, networking, and fun out of it. 

Here are some tips & tricks to help you create a productive and memorable Microsoft Ignite experience.

Cue the Music, Cue the Lights, It’s Magic Time #MSIgnite

Cue the Music, Cue the Lights, It’s Magic Time #MSIgnite

To the producers, the logistics folks. The ones who set up. Go early, stay till after the party is over.

Big ups to all those who are there when the canvas is blank. And clean up after all the festivities are done. The ones in the crew clothing, backstage, behind the curtain, watching from afar or above, many times the ‘all blacks’.

Those are the producers, the ones who get it done.

Where’s my super suit?!? — San Diego @Comic_Con 2018 #SDCC @mattnixtv @themelalee @ericalindbeck @TabBEP

Where’s my super suit?!? — San Diego @Comic_Con 2018 #SDCC @mattnixtv @themelalee @ericalindbeck @TabBEP

As a lover of comic books, graphic novels, artists, superheroes movies and TV series I’m giddy about being involved with this project. Who hasn’t spun around like Wonder Woman as a young girl or maybe, um, yesterday? To see her and so many other brilliant superheroes in print, in cool TV series and on the big screen bringing justice to the world makes my heart sing.

Thrilled to announce that I’m moderating my first education/how to panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an amazing group of panelists.

Maven Moments at #SPC18 - SharePoint Conference is Back

Maven Moments at #SPC18 - SharePoint Conference is Back

What a week. May has traditionally been a big month for SharePoint, and the SharePoint Conference NA was chock full of announcements.

Going to SharePoint Conference North America? Check out the Diversity & Inclusion Program

Going to SharePoint Conference North America? Check out the Diversity & Inclusion Program

Announcing the Inaugural SharePoint Conference North America 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Program sponsored by Microsoft.  

If you are heading to Las Vegas, May 21-23, 2018 for SharePoint Conference NA 2018, mark your calendar for our Diversity & Inclusion Programming all week at the event. 

Roadwarrior Travel Maven Tips & Tricks

I always look at my Camelback and suitcase with nothing but unadulterated excitement.  Where are we going next?  I often say passport, AMEX, sunglasses, nap blanket and my phone and I can go anywhere... Where are YOU off to next?  Can I help?  I hope so.  Here are a few tips and tricks for you as summer ends. 

Touching Gatesness

“He is coming!” whisper-yells my colleague. The year is 2002. I’m standing in front of our Global Customer Evidence Booth in New Orleans and I’m about to meet Bill Gates. My life changes today. I’m 30 years old, it’s my birthday week and I am about to start my journey into the world of technology and tradeshows.

#LifeisGood - Notes from a Great Keynote

I had the good fortune to see the lovely and excellent Frisbee-thrower Bert Jacobs , CEO - Chief Executive Optimist (one half of the dynamic sibling duo) who own and run the wonderful company Life is Good.  I love their story, how they run their company and their marketing.  I reference this OneNote page from a couple of years ago quite a bit and there's a ton of goodness that I thought I'd share. Cheers!